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Corporate Social Responsibility and International Development

Course Code INTL-710
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

This course takes a critical look at the link between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and international development, and the how CSR has been implemented increasingly by partnership between the business and the development sectors. The first half of the course focuses on the debate of whether business is the solution: using the CSR route, business can have a larger role to play in international development. The discussion will include the debate on what CSR is and where it is going; failures and success of CSR among corporations; philanthropy versus CSR; poverty and supply chain issues; limitations of international agencies; and socially responsible investment in developing countries. Students learn how corporations can become more involved in development by taking actions inside and outside the company, which ultimately will be in their best interest.

The second half looks at CSR challenges and opportunities for Canadian companies, international CSR standards, and how they can integrate sustainability-oriented practices into business operations. We also examine the Government of Canada’s comprehensive approach in supporting CSR from both trade and development perspectives. Students explore an increasingly closer partnership between corporations and nonprofits in implementing CSR plans and activities for sustainable development.